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Firefox 26 - Improved Memory Consumption and Security


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#1 Burned Phoenix

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Posted 11 December 2013 - 12:53 AM

Mozilla Firefox 26 is now available for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android. 


Java Blocked




Firefox now blocks all Java plugins by default by implementing 'Click to Play' functionality for improving security and stability of the browser.


Memory Usage




Firefox's memory consumption has been reduced significantly. Firefox now decodes (decompress) images that are visible, rather than every image on the page. For image-heavy pages, this results in a huge reduction in memory footprint (as seen in the graph below).



Android Version


In the Android version, the startup screen has been redesigned. The new UI gives users quick and easy access to their browsing data, including top sites, history, bookmarks, Reading List, and search.



Other New Features


Firefox 26 allows H.264 encoded video to be played on a Linux system if the appropriate GStreamer plug-ins are installed and adds support for MP3 audio decoding on Windows XP. Read the release notes here.


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#2 Darren 54

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Posted 11 December 2013 - 01:39 AM

The memory consumption graph is just WOW! :o

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Posted 11 December 2013 - 05:42 AM

Try it on Minus.com galley or Pinterest. (Y)

#4 FalseAgent


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Posted 11 December 2013 - 12:03 PM

This sounds great! Chrome is quite the resource hog these days. Firefox is a little less heavy on resources, but feels slower. I hope this improves efficiency. Lately I've been using IE11 (crazy, I know), but IE11 is insanely fast and amazingly efficient on resources. I also get more consistent battery life with IE. I swear I haven't used IE since my Netscape days. Firefox comes in second. Chrome kills battery and eats up resources like crazy.

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Posted 11 December 2013 - 07:53 PM

Yep, Chrome uses more RAM but is faster. Firefox uses less RAM but is slower.

#6 myheartem


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Posted 13 February 2014 - 07:10 AM

Firefox is a worthy expression of Mozilla's ideals. The browser is competitively fast, sports a new minimalist look, and includes some excellently executed features. Unfortunately, that describes most of Firefox's competition,

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